What is a resume?

A resume is a personalized statement that documents your competencies, accomplishments, skills, abilities and future capabilities.  It is a focused statement used to highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, educational and experiential background as these characteristics relate to particular jobs/fields that are of interest to you.  To do this effectively you may decide to have more than one version of your resume, especially if you have varied career interests. 

The resume is an essential tool in acquiring a job or internship.  Additionally, many graduate programs require applicants to submit a resume.

For a list of action verbs visit the Career Development's Guide To Writing A Resume.


For major specific resume samples, please refer to our Major Overview Sheets

For a sample curriculum vitae, please refer to the Chronicle of Higher Education